Orbea Rallon 50 review

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£2259

Orbea Rallon 50

BikeRadar verdict

60.0 out of 5 stars

"Accurate feeling ride but lacks control when pushed hard"

Sunday, March 20, 2011 12.00am By

With its tapered head tube, heavily hydroformed humpbacked frame and subtle paintjob picked out in blue anodised detailing (including replaceable drop-outs both sides) the Rallon 50 chassis is an impressive unit.

Fox 15mm axled tapered fork at a 68-degree angle, short stem and Formula RX brakes are all plus points and Orbea offers extensive custom options under the MyOrbea programme.

The basic FIT damped fork and heavily low-speed compression damped rear shock is chattery over small stuff, which keeps ride height high rather than keyed into the trail. A narrow bar and Hutchinson tyres that slip like soap in wet conditions don’t help cornering or sketchy terrain confidence.

The back end can get choppy over square edged blocks too. While it rolls fast the 30lb weight and very short ride position can leave you short of breath. The Rallon X30 and X50 bikes use Fox 36 forks and more hardcore kit if you’re looking for something burlier.

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Specification

Name:
Rallon 50 (11)
Brand:
Orbea
Price:
£2259

Available Sizes:
XS S M L
Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Hollowtech II
Brakes:
Formula RX, 180/160mm rotors
Cassette:
Shimano HG80 11-34, 9spd
Chain:
Shimano HG53
Cranks:
Shimano Deore, 44/32/22T
Fork:
tapered, 150mm
Frame Material:
Orbea Tricone custom hydroformed aluminium
Front Derailleur:
Alivio
Front Tyre:
HUTCHINSON COUGAR AIR 26x2.20
Grips/Tape:
Orbea lock-on
Handlebar:
Orbea OCII riser, 660mm
Head Angle:
68
Headset Type:
FSA Gravity, tapered
Pedals:
SHIMANO PDM 520
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano SLX
Rear Shock:
150mm
Rear Tyre:
HUTCHINSON COUGAR AIR 26x2.21
Saddle:
Selle Italia Q-Bik MTB
Seat Angle:
73
Seatpost:
Orbea OCII
Shifters:
Shimano Deore
Stem:
Orbea OCII, 70mm
Weight (kg):
13.66
Weight (lb):
30.12
Brake Levers:
SHIMANO DEORE
Bottom Bracket Height (in):
13.4
Chainstays (in):
16.7
Seat Tube (in):
18.5
Standover Height (in):
32
Top Tube (in):
23.4
Wheelbase (in):
44.25
Tyres:
Hutchinson Cougar Air Light, 2.2in
Front Wheel:
Mavic Crossride
Rear Wheel:
Mavic Crossride

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